• Don't insult the audience's intelligence says 'Wolf Hall' author, Hilary Mantel

    Don't insult the audience's intelligence says 'Wolf Hall' author, Hilary Mantel

    “As soon as you decide it’s too complicated for the viewer or history is an inconvenient shape, you fall into a cascade of errors which ends in nonsense”, author Hilary Mantel said to the audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Referring to her novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies and their upcoming BBC adaptations, Mantel stressed the importance of not under-estimating the intelligence of her readers and audience, reports Radio Times. “As soon as you decide this is too complicated for the viewer or history is an inconvenient shape – ‘I’ll just tidy it up’ – you fall into a cascade of errors which ends in nonsense”, citing Showtime’s The Tudors as the perfect example of how simply combining history and drama does not always make for good telly.

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  • Final 'Wallander' series begins principle filming

    Final 'Wallander' series begins principle filming

    BBC 1 announced last week that the final three-part series of the hauntingly brilliant detective drama, Wallander, has begun principle production filming. Starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, the final trilogy of 90-minute episodes will adapt the two remaining works by Swedish author Henning Mankell that features the character. The first will be based on the 1993 […]

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  • Sherlock's Martin Freeman in BBC2's 'The Eichmann Show'

    Sherlock's Martin Freeman in BBC2's 'The Eichmann Show'

    Adolf Eichmann, one of the Second World War’s most notorious figures and chief architect of the Nazis’ ‘final solution’ plan to exterminate Europe’s Jews, will be the subject of a new BBC2 film, The Eichmann Show, which will focus on the 1961 trial of one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. The original trial […]

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  • Big screen treatment of Dad's Army drawing top-notch talent

    Big screen treatment of Dad's Army drawing top-notch talent

    The big-screen adaptation of the classic BBC wartime comedy, Dad’s Army, is drawing some of the biggest names (outside of Benedict Cumberbatch) together as they begin to assemble the cast. The feature film treatment of the Jimmy Perry, David Croft iconic British comedy has landed one of the greats with the announcement that Bill Nighy, […]

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  • Nearly 100-year-old Sherlock Holmes film discovered in Paris

    Nearly 100-year-old Sherlock Holmes film discovered in Paris

    While it won’t erase the daily reminder that we still have 14 months (plus or minus a few days) until Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the small screen in Sherlock, the recent discovery of a long thought to be lost Sherlock Holmes film will delight even the most casual fan of the world’s most famous consulting detective. The 1916 silent movie about Sherlock Holmes has been discovered by the Cinematheque Francaise, which has joined with the San Francisco Film Festival to create a digital restoration.

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  • The Imitation Game – a first look

    The Imitation Game – a first look

    The long-awaited first lengthy video look at The Imitation Game is here. Based on the real life story of Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code. THE IMITATION GAME portrays the ultimate real-life reality show race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret […]

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  • 'Endeavour' back for third series in 2015

    'Endeavour' back for third series in 2015

    As we dive head first into our 6th year of Tellyspotting, why not start things off with more great news from the world of British telly — it was announced late last week that the brilliant Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour, will return for a third series on ITV.

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  • Tellyspotting is 5! Can you believe it?

    Tellyspotting is 5! Can you believe it?

    I know there are those of you out there that will immediately say “Gee, you don’t look a day over four!”. Hard to believe it has been five years already. Seems just like yesterday that the first post of our short existence on October 1, 2009 announced that it was Time for Tellyspotting!. And now, over 2000 posts later (2,003 to be exact), here we are better than ever because of one thing — YOU!

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  • Inspector Lewis returns to PBS with Hathaway in-tow

    Inspector Lewis returns to PBS with Hathaway in-tow

    There was no joy in Mudville back in the Fall of 2013 when news came out of the UK that Inspector Robert ‘Robbie’ Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway were pulling a Brett Favre and were going to ‘retire’ after seven series. As you can imagine, when ITV announced that both Kevin Whately and Laurence […]

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